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Obama “secret order” expands, extends US war in Afghanistan

November 22, 2014
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"A new report coming out of the New York Times tonight reveals that President Obama has signed a secret order dramatically expanding the scope of US military operations in Afghanistan in 2015. Despite claims that the war is 'ending' at the end of 2014, the new order will ensure that US ground troops will continue to carry out direct combat operations throughout 2015, and potentially beyond." (11/21/14)

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Afghanistan: Suicide blast targets Kabul’s Green Village international zone, four dead

November 20, 2014
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ABC Online [Australia]    

"Four Afghan Taliban suicide bombers died when a group of the militants tried to storm an international zone in Kabul in the latest high-profile assault aimed at foreign targets in Afghanistan. The attackers tried to break into a complex known as the Green Village on Wednesday, starting with the explosion of a van at the gate of the heavily guarded area in eastern Kabul that houses foreign contractors and various facilities. Security forces repelled them after about an hour of fighting and no casualties were reported among the area's residents, officials said." (11/20/14)

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Iraq: 91 killed, at least 24 wounded

November 19, 2014
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"At least 91 people were killed today, mostly militants, and another 24 people were wounded. State TV broadcast footage of Iraqi troops entering the Baiji Refinery. The nearby town of Albu Jewari was also recaptured. With the siege of Baiji now apparently over, the government says it will regroup and plan out a strategy to retake Tikrit, which lies to the south and is the second largest city occupied by the militants." (11/18/14)

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Afghanistan: Drone strike kills four

November 19, 2014
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Khaama Press [Afghanistan]    

"At least four [alleged] militants were killed following a drone strike by NATO-led coalition security forces in eastern Kunar province. According to local government officials, the airstrike was carried out late on Tuesday evening in Ghaziabad district. Provincial police chief, Abdul Habib Syed Khel said two commanders of the anti-government armed militants were also among those killed in the raid. The identities of those killed in the airstrike have not been ascertained so far." (11/19/14)

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Jerusalem: Israeli troops demolish home after synagogue attack

November 19, 2014
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"Israeli troops have destroyed the home of a Palestinian man who killed a woman and a baby by ramming a car into a Jerusalem tram stop last month. The demolition came hours after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to win a 'battle for Jerusalem,' following a deadly attack on a synagogue. Tuesday's synagogue attack left four rabbis and a police officer dead." (11/19/14)

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Iraq: 28 killed in clashes, car bombings

November 18, 2014
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Xinhua [Chinese state media]    

"A total of 28 people were killed and 44 others wounded in battles with Islamic State (IS) militants and in car bomb attacks across Iraq on Monday, security source said. In the western province of Anbar, dozens of IS militants attacked an army headquarters near the village of Majjara .... The heavy clashes resulted in the killing of 18 soldiers and the destroying of several military vehicles .... Separately, a suicide bomber blew up his explosive-laden vehicle near a checkpoint manned by Sahwa paramilitary group members on a bridge over the Euphrates River near the town of al- Baghdadi .... Meanwhile, another suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden car into an army checkpoint just west of al-Baghdadi town, killing three soldiers and wounding four others, the source said." (1117/14)

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Afghanistan: Four killed in attack on occupation contractors’ camp

November 18, 2014
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"Four people were killed when a suicide car bomb detonated at a perimeter wall of a camp housing foreign contractors in the Afghan capital on Tuesday morning, allowing militants to enter the compound, a senior security source told NBC News. Both militants and two Afghan guards were killed." (11/17/14)

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Colombia: Regime halts peace talks after general is taken

November 17, 2014
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"A massive search operation was under way Monday for a Colombian army general whose surprise capture by leftist rebels prompted President Juan Manuel Santos to suspend two-year-old peace talks. Gen. Ruben Dario Alzate was surveying a rural energy project along the remote Atrato River in western Colombia when he and two others were snatched Sunday by armed men. A soldier who managed to flee in the group's boat said the kidnappers belonged to the 34th front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC. Colombian media reported it's the first time in a half-century of fighting that the guerrillas have taken an army general captive." (11/17/14)

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Islamic State claims to have beheaded US hostage Kassig

November 17, 2014
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"Islamic State militants said in a video on Sunday they had beheaded U.S. hostage Peter Kassig and warned the United States they would kill other U.S. citizens 'on your streets.' The announcement of Kassig's death, in what would be the fifth such killing of a Western captive by the group, formed part of a 15-minute video posted online in which Islamic State showed the beheadings of at least 14 men it said were pilots and officers loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. In Washington, President Barack Obama's National Security Council (NSC) said the U.S. government was working to confirm the authenticity of the claim." (11/16/14)

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Iraq: Five killed, 20 injured in Baghdad bomb attacks

November 17, 2014
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PressTV PressTV [Iranian state media]    

"At least five people have been killed and about 20 others wounded in separate bomb attacks targeting three areas in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. The first attack took place on Sunday near a police patrol area in the suburb of Radwaniya. Two policemen were killed and five others wounded in the blast. Another bomb went off in the Hay Jami'a neighborhood, killing three people and injuring nine others. According to a United Nations report, a three-car convoy of UN vehicles also came under attack on its way from the airport in Baghdad to its headquarters in the capital’s Green Zone." (11/16/14)

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Afghanistan: Politician survives suicide attack, three civilians killed

November 17, 2014
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Straits Times [Singapore]    

"A suicide bomber on Sunday attacked a vehicle convoy carrying Afghan lawmakers including a prominent female MP, killing three civilians and injuring 22 others, officials said. The blast, in which the attacker detonated an explosives-packed car, left the MPs’ vehicles badly damaged on a main road in the west of Kabul, close to the parliament." (11/16/14)

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Nigeria: Army says it has regained town where schoolgirls were kidnapped

November 16, 2014
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"The Nigerian army has regained control of Chibok, the northeastern town where more than 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped by Islamic extremists more than six months ago, said army officials. The army wrested back control of Chibok on Saturday, 48 hours after it had been captured by the Islamic militants of Boko Haram, Nigerian army spokesman Brigadier General Olajide Olaleye told the Associated Press." (11/16/14)

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Dempsey: Obama regime “actively considering” re-starting Iraq war

November 14, 2014
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Antiwar.com Antiwar.com    

"To the extent that anyone still believes President Obama's pledge that the ever-growing number of ground troops sent to Iraq, the notion was destroyed by comments from Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Martin Dempsey in testimony to Congress. Gen. Dempsey confirmed that the US is 'actively considering' the use of ground troops in direct combat roles against ISIS, in the course of its plans to send yet more troops on top of the 3,000 already there." [editor's note: The. Stupid. It ... Hurts ... - TLK] (11/13/14)

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Ukrainian invaders “redeploy” troops as NATO says Russian tanks are in DPR, LPR

November 13, 2014
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Sydney Morning Herald    

"Ukraine said it was redeploying troops in the [Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics] because of fears [the new nations' troops] will launch a new military offensive, despite Russia's denials it has sent troops to reinforce the [DPR and LPR troops]. ... NATO Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, US General Philip Breedlove, said the alliance had seen Russian troops and tanks entering [the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics] in the past few days, confirming reports by international observers." (11/13/14)

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Iraq: Regime, Islamic State forces battle for control of Baiji

November 12, 2014
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Los Angeles Times    

"Iraqi officials said Tuesday that government forces had captured Baiji after fierce battles for the city, home to the nation's largest oil refinery, but anti-government militants insisted they remained in control. Iraqi Defense Minister Khaled Obeidi issue a statement lauding the military 'for the great victory that was achieved in purifying [Baiji] district from the filth of ... the gangs of Daesh,' using the Arabic acronym for the militant group Islamic State. ... Islamic State, however, insisted in a statement on a number of militant and Islamic forums that Baiji remained in militants' hands and that the 'battle is ongoing.'" (11/11/14)

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Yemen: Regime officials say airstrike kills six militants

November 12, 2014
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Washington Post    

"Yemen’s defense ministry says an airstrike has killed at least six suspected al-Qaida militants in the country’s south. Security officials, speaking anonymously because they are not authorized to speak to reporters, say the Wednesday the strike came from a suspected U.S. drone and hit a militant hideout. But there was no official government comment on who was behind the strike, in the southern province of Shabwa." (11/12/14)

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Ukraine: Currency plunges as ceasefire fears grow

November 11, 2014
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Times of India [India]    

"Ukraine's currency lost nearly 5 percent of its value on Monday after a weekend that saw the heaviest shelling in a month hit the main [resistance] stronghold in the [Ukraine-occupied Donetsk People's Republic] and signs that Moscow had dispatched troops and tanks to reinforce [DPR troops resisting the Ukrainian occupation]. The prospect that a two-month-old ceasefire could collapse and all-out war return to [Donetsk People's Republic] has weighed down the economy and helped drive the currency 12 percent lower since the central bank abandoned an unofficial peg a week ago. " (11/10/14)

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West Bank: Arab “shot dead by Israeli army” in Hebron

November 11, 2014
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"A Palestinian [Arab] man has been killed in clashes with the Israeli army in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian [Arab] medical sources say. They say the man died after being hit in the chest by bullets near the southern city of Hebron. The clashes come amid rising tensions between Israel and the Palestinian[ Arab]s." (11/11/14)

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Ukraine: Government accuses Russia of aiding LPR with tanks

November 7, 2014
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Deutsche Welle [Germany]    

"Kyiv claimed on Friday that an estimated 32 tanks had crossed over into the [Ukrainian-occupied Luhansk People's Republic] from Russia on Thursday. Ukrainian military spokesperson Andriy Lysenko also said that the convoy consisted of 30 trucks filled with troops and heavy weapons, including 16 howitzer cannons. Trucks and three mobile radar stations were also sighted, Lysenko said. However, A report from Russia's Interfax news agency quickly denied the claims as a 'provocation,'citing a Russian defense ministry spokesperson." (11/07/14)

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The US launches another dumb war in the Middle East

November 7, 2014
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Steve Chapman Reason
by Steve Chapman  

"War, it's been said, is God's way of teaching Americans geography. Maybe we do learn how to locate the countries we invade or bomb on a map. But recent experience indicates how much we don't know about those societies and how slow we are at learning." (11/06/14)

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Donetsk People’s Republic: Shell kills boys playing football

November 6, 2014
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Sydney Morning Herald [Australia]    

"[A] tattered ceasefire is under renewed pressure as shelling killed two teenagers playing football in [Donetsk People's Republic] and [Ukrainian] President Petro Poroshenko said he was deploying reinforcements to face a threatened separatist offensive. In another sign of Ukraine's permanent-looking break-up, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk announced he was cutting subsidies to the [Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics], so as not to finance 'terrorists.' ... Heavy bombardments raged on Wednesday around Donetsk's former international airport, where [invading Ukrainian] forces are holding out against besieging [DPR troops]. One shell landed in a nearby school football field and killed two boys aged 14 and 18." (11/06/14)

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Obama seeks war authorization for ISIS conflict

November 6, 2014
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Antiwar.com Antiwar.com    

"Most of the major party leaders on both sides of the aisle were pretty straightforward about their opposition to voting on the ISIS war before the Tuesday election. President Obama was fine with it at the time, insisting he didn’t need authorization. Now that the election's over, President Obama is changing his tune, and pushing for the lame duck Congress to quickly rubber stamp the conflict before the new one takes office. ... Legally, such a vote should've happened long ago, with the War Powers Act allowing the president only a 60 day window to seek authorization from Congress." (11/05/14)

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Syria: US airstrikes target rebel compound

November 6, 2014
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CBC [Canadian state media]    

"U.S. airstrikes hit the compound of a powerful hard-line rebel group that is not affiliated to the Islamic State extremist organization early Thursday, activists said, in an apparent widening of targets that could further strain relations between Washington and the Western-backed opposition. The Syrian rebels have complained that the aerial campaign against the extremist group is indirectly aiding President Bashar Assad's forces, and have been infuriated by the U.S. willingness to attack other Islamic militant groups that the rebels view as allies while refraining from targeting the government." (11/06/14)

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Syria: Mortar strikes Damascus school, killing at least 13

November 5, 2014
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CTV [Canada]    

"Mortar rounds slammed into a school Wednesday in a rebel-held suburb east of Damascus, killing at least 13 children whose limp, bloodied bodies were later laid out on the floor of a crowded field hospital awaiting burial, activists said. Syrian children often have been the victims of the country's civil war, now in its fourth year, but they rarely are specifically targeted. Still, Wednesday's attack in the town of Qaboun marked the most serious violence against Syrian minors since a twin suicide bombing killed at least 25 children in a government-controlled neighbourhood in the central city of Homs in October." (11/05/14)

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Ukraine: Poroshenko orders invading troops to key cities

November 5, 2014
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko has ordered army reinforcements to key [cities in the neighboring Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics] in case of a new [resistance] offensive. Mr Poroshenko said the units were to protect Mariupol, Berdyansk, Kharkiv and the north of Luhansk region. He spoke after meeting security chiefs in the wake of disputed polls in [locally]-held areas of Donetsk and Luhansk. He said he was still committed to the current peace process but has proposed cancelling a key plank of the plan." (11/04/14)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-29905014  

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